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“Good location, Kinda dirty”

Miami Mike's Backpackers Hostel
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Miami Mike's Backpackers Hostel
Reviewed March 4, 2014 via mobile

Good central location. The hostel was pretty dirty. I think miami mike had just let his cleaning lady go. I think he should have kept her.
Miami mike is really helpful when he is around...it was kinda strange how he would appear to be unresponsive in the evening hours from his room. Drugs? Alcohol? Not sure. I felt safe though and I liked the little patio balcony. It was a great spot to watch the town go by. There is a open roof as well, however, it was pretty dirty up there. Nice view though. The rooms were again, fairly dirty. The beds were thin and the bunk beds were noisy. The paper thin sheets covering the windows did not successfully block out morning sun. Overall, for one night in Chitre it was a good value. It could definately stand to be cleaner...

  • Stayed: February 2014
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Reviewed November 27, 2013

I had a blast staying with Mike for over a week. I very very rarely stay in hostels and I thought it was great fun and extremely good value. Chitre itself is one of the cheapest places I've been in Panama which is an added bonus.

I would recommend this place not just to backpackers but even ex pats searching for property or even people who live in Panama City and want to get away for the weekend. It's easy and cheap from Panama City. It was great mixing up with different people and Mike is a guy who really knows his stuff about the region and was always on hand for help.

I will definitely be returning.

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled solo
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3  Thank SankeyTV
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Reviewed November 7, 2013

Miami Mikes is the Best! I really enjoyed my visit to Chitre. Several good day trip locations from there. Mike is very helpful and knowledgeable, he will point you in the right direction.
I spent about a week in Chitre with Miami Mike. It was nice to get off the beaten path and explore a local town in Panama.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed September 22, 2013 via mobile

My girlfriend and I stayed two nights in a dorm that was offered as a private with its own bathroom.

The hostel is in an old building above a bakery. The rooms were typical dorms: bunk bed style with several fans. In general the bathrooms, the terrace and the hostel itself are better described as unkempt. Even though it is not a terrible place, some paint, design and investment would make the place a lot better.

The hostel might be loud in the mornings, but it is central and close to the few points of interest in Chitré: the Catedral de San Juan Bautista and the Museo de Herrera.

Mike was friendly, helpful and entertaining.

  • Stayed: September 2013
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1  Thank DanyiP
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mike w, Owner at Miami Mike's Backpackers Hostel, responded to this reviewResponded March 24, 2014

Thanks for the feedback
Well,we have painted the place alittle bit since your visit and for $10 a night , you can't beat it!!
Thanks for coming.
mike

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Reviewed August 23, 2013

I was to travel to Chitre with a friend that bailed out on me... ventured alone by bus and when arrived after looking around for convenient and affordable lodging, Miami Mike's Hostel was the place most readily available and welcoming. Mike is helpful, friendly, and willing to share his knowledge of interesting spots around the area, and he'll even show you around when available. The Hostel is airy (important with the humidity) comfy, clean, and at times you feel as if you've moved-in and you're in your own home.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed April 24, 2013

My brother and I got in to town late and had no lodging booked. We had a cab drop us off at the main square and were luckily enough to come across mikes place. He was very helpful even tho we woke him at the late hour. We were put up in dorms that were plenty cool during the warm night. He gave us pointers and I had a chance to talk with him about his story over morning coffee. Interesting guy. If you are looking for a more traditional backpacker experience than is found at Luna's castle in Panama City, get off the tourist path, explore the beaches and stay with mike.

  • Stayed: April 2013
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Reviewed March 18, 2013

hey guys, I stayed at mike's in decembre 2012 and really had a great time!
the hostel is like a typical backpackers hostel. dormitories (1mixed + 1 women), 1 private room, bathrooms, a kitchen, a livingroom with tv and internet and a balkony. it's clean and mike informs you about anything you need. chitre it self does not offer a lot to do, but mike knows the interesting places and also shows you the good bars ;-)
sure, you hear the traffic noise, but it's in the centre of chitre (near to the church) and the next bus stop is just a 5 metres jump.
it's the only backpackers hostel in chitre, so you meet great people there!
attiention: my taxidriver didn't know it! remember the adress when you want to take a taxi from the main bus stop!

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled solo
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1  Thank JohanskiE2802
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Address: Avenida Herrera 4008, Chitre 0601, Panama
Location: Panama > Herrera Province > Chitre
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Ranked #1 of 6 Specialty Lodging in Chitre
Price Range: $20 - $22 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 19

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